|NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
||National Cancer Institute|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 27, 1999
NCI Press Office
The information provided at the town meetings is for development of a prototype geographic information system (GIS) that will map potential sources of pollution that researchers can study for a possible association with breast cancer patterns. GISs are powerful computer systems that can store, manipulate, analyze and display spatial (geographic location) relationships. In recent years GIS studies have been used to look for factors associated with public health issues.
NCI scientists will present a brief overview of the Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project (LIBCSP) and the GIS. Community members will be invited to discuss their historical information on land use with the NCI researchers. Residents who cannot attend the meetings may still wish to contribute information by writing to: LIBCSP - GIS, c/o NOVA Research Co., 4600 East-West Highway, Suite 700, Bethesda, MD 20814-3415. To obtain the schedule for the meetings or to arrange for special needs (by Oct. 10), residents may call toll-free 1-877-GIS-HLTH (1-877-447-4584).
In May of this year, NCI awarded a five-year contract for development of this GIS, with funding for the first two years (phase I) totaling $4.87 million. The system is being developed as part of the LIBCSP, a multistudy effort to investigate whether environmental factors are responsible for breast cancer in Suffolk and Nassau counties. The investigation began in 1993 under Public Law 103-43 and is funded and coordinated by NCI, in collaboration with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). NCI and NIEHS are both part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Additional information on the LIBCSP and the GIS, including the initial data sets slated for inclusion in the system, is available at http://www-dccps.ims.nci.nih.gov/LIBCSP.